Mindfulness Exercises – The Object Is Not the Object
There are many techniques for mindfulness taught by masters. I am NOT one of them. I’m just a guy on a path who wants to share what I learn and help other people find their paths. That being said, this section will feature practices that I find useful. Take them or leave them. There are no doubt going to be people who disagree, but like I said, these help me, so maybe they can help you as well.
The first exercise that I find helpful is to sit comfortably focus on your breathing, or any object you choose. It could be a pencil, or an apple, or whatever. Try to hold your mind there on that object and only that object. I find that this helps me to concentrate. It’s pretty damn difficult too, but I just stick with it.
Thoughts always arise, and I just let them come up and pass on. Inevitably, I end up following a stream of thoughts, and get sidetracked. Once I notice that I’m doing this, I just come right back to the object. You can give yourself a time limit or not. I do this when I have a chance to sit somewhere undisturbed, like a lunch break, or in the bathroom. I see how long I can go without getting sidetracked on a stream of thoughts.
Sometimes it’s great and I can focus, but most of the time it is difficult. Our minds just never want to shut up on their own, do they?